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The Willowbrook area is a beautiful area once you get to know it and the people. For the mose part it is over looked because it falls on the borader of Los Angeles and Compton. All areas have up's and downs

— Roderick
September 8, 2012 at 5:31 p.m.

When I first moved here, I was concerned and did mOre than several drive throughs to comfort my decision. Even though I know quite a few people who were born and raised here, after living in places in this country where EVERYONE leaves their door unlocked, I was apprehensive; and I'm from the street for real. What I found was that, in the area of Willowbrook I'm in, this is a very tight knit community. Everyone knows everybody and most people take pride in what they have. Sure, there's an element that will never attract a sushi joint and by all means...lock your car, but there's also a down home feeling you're hard pressed to find in any urban area. As far as schools go, that can only do as much as the effort of the parents period. That's any where. But I think this community's youth requires some positive images who understand the urban mentality. Given that, some real promise is bound to come out of this area.

— Well Traveled
July 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.

So the map says I live in Willowbrook, but my mail always says Compton...how does that work? 135th and Alameda. I wish the Sheriffs would stop focusing so much on tickets for the Metro riders and focus on patrolling on the streets more often, gang activities are on the rise in the area...regardless I give most of the Sheriffs credit for what they do.

— resident
June 23, 2012 at 4:35 a.m.

Wish that the county along the Sheriff increase the feeling of a community in Willowbrook. Sheriff should host workshops or meetings exclusively with the community of Willowbrook to increase partnership between the community and Sheriff. If crime increases in Willowbrook have a community meeting. Or for example, have a meetin about firework being prohibited in Willowbrook, something alot of the residents do not know. Fireworks are still being turn on. Enforcement is necessary in Willowbrook LASD, go to Eastern Southern part and you will see what I am talking about..The county should also have an office in Willowbrook, like a small county hall. Preferable in what looks to be the central core of the community 120th and Wilmington. Other than some of the homes that are unmaintained and lack of good shopping options Willowbrook is a nice community. The Northern Part is somewhat more unsafe and near the intersection of Avalon and El Segundo. Also there are some part of Willowbrook that are not in the map. The official LA County map has it.

— Joe
June 9, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.

The properties off Willowbrook Avenue are large, deep lots that are zoned for horses. You can find men on horseback on weekends along the train tracks, and near Figueroa. It's also a run down neighborhood that is dominated by the King/Drew Hospital complex.

— Rich
January 5, 2012 at 11:50 p.m.

Well I just bought my property about 2 yrs. ago and I have to say that I have left my cars windows open more than a couple of times and believe me no one has stole anything from me. I love my neightborhood. I wish I could see more of my neighbors coming together and having block parties and building rapport with each other. I have to say that I enjoy being here and no matter where you go you always that crazy neighbor.

— Maria
July 19, 2011 at 9:42 a.m.

Willowbrook has an easy access to freeways. 91,105,110, 405,605 & 710, however, the downside is crime and poor education. Most, not all Residents take pride of their property. Willowbrook resident, stand up and take pride of your neighborhood.

— Elizabeth
February 20, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.

No control at all. Just a bunch of excuses . Los Angeles has always been the pits.

— Linda Ann
November 9, 2010 at 1:22 p.m.

Willowbrook have some nice neighborhoods, with nice houses and quiet streets. Note: It also have its bad areas.

— Jose
September 12, 2010 at 5:23 p.m.

This is poor neibhorhood, the kid have to see dead animals as they go to school. Believe me i wouldn't be here if i didn't have too. Crime is always on the rise, school try but don't suceed

— Iesha Pittman
September 9, 2010 at 8:28 a.m.

I taught there while getting my Masters in Education at USC in National Teacher Corps in 1966 to 1968. It was like the country...down south. Quieter than L.A. Primarily African American, from the teachers to the children. It was not part of L.A. which was the upside, but was sort of out of it which was the downside and the children were not protected from gangs and the usual dangers of urban living.

— Sydney Levine
June 9, 2010 at 12:52 p.m.

Willowbrook should also include the unincorporated area north of Imperial Hwy between Mona Blvd and Alameda St.

— Dennis
June 9, 2010 at 5:33 a.m.

Willowbrook

is an unincorporated area in the South L.A. region of Los Angeles County.
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